11 & 12 JUnE 2022
Junipalooza, now in its ninth year, is a MEET THE MAKER festival. Either the distiller or brand owner will be there in person and you will be able to meet the people that put everything they have into the gins they make.
The format is simple . Each guest is given their very own keepsake tasting glass to take around the show. There will be over 60 different distillers taking part, with well over three hundred different gins between them and you’ll be able to stop by whichever ones take your fancy and try their gins both neat and with tonic.
Junipalooza is a unique event because you’ll get to meet some of the biggest names of the category - responsible for some of the most iconic gins in the world. There are international teams who fly into to say hello in person, local favourites representing, established brands with big ranges and some of the smallest operations just starting out of their kitchens. It’s a weekend of big dreams, big flavours and a lot of fun.
There are no catches, no pay as you go G&T's - so long as you are in tip top condition, you can sample away. There's also plenty of food and water on offer to make sure can maximise the session.
This year, expect to see a few big changes! Almost half of the exhibitors will be building their own spaces, bringing to life their brands in unique and immersive ways. Free to attend masterclasses will be back, there’s much bigger space for the Newcomers area and there’s a shift we’ve wanted to do for years - we’ve finally been allowed to bring in street food operators in collaboration with Feast It so we will be hosting an independent food court and lounge with music and seating.
Meet TheSE GINSMITHS
SPIRITS Kiosk SHOP
For our London 2022 event, you'll also have the opportunity to buy directly from some of the makers, while Spirits Kiosk will be on hand with all of the gins in one place, so that you can conveniently do it all in one go.
The even better news is that each ticket holder is entitled to £5 OFF any purchase of gin from Spirits Kiosk, during or after the event. Terms and Conditions apply.
Saturday 11th June at 12.00 & 17.00
The biggest trends in Gin.
At a festival where hundreds of gins are on offer, it’s easy to spot a few of the trends that have happened already – but what’s bubbling up and influencing producers next? Joined by category experts and distillers, this group discussion will cover some of the big topics impacting the category, how everyone is innovating and what that means for the gin in your glass.
Saturday 11th June 13.00 & 18.00
Navigating the first 6 months.
Joined by makers at the start of their journey and others looking back, this panel talk and tasting covers what it’s like to get up and running. The hardships, the thrills, the stress and the satisfaction of the early months of a producer’s life. Expect honesty, fun anecdotes and a unique chance to delve behind the scenes of life as a distiller.
Saturday 11th June 14.00 & 19.00
What happens when you are no longer new?
Over the past five years, there have been well over 1000 new releases in the UK. How then, does an established name stay relevant and what’s it like to face such constant competition for space and attention? Do they look at it as a positive thing to have such buzz around gin, or is it a challenge to stand out? Talking to producers new and old, we’ll find out how have they adapted and what it’s like to move beyond the “new” status.
Sunday 12th June
12.00: The biggest trends in Gin.
13.00: Navigating the first 6 months.
14.00: Going for gold.
Awards are big business and a can play a vital role in signposting quality. But what’s it like being a gin judge and can anyone do it? What are the factors that differentiate elite level gins and those that do not medal? Joined by organisers, judges and producers, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of competitions. We’ll also have a “Be The Judge” tasting flight, where we’ll see if the public’s opinion of three gins marries up to the awards they’ve been given…
15.00: What happens when you are no longer new?
Please note: Masterclasses are free to attend.
In May, we will contact ticket holders to announce let them know how to pre-book places for those who like to plan ahead. We will also leave a set amount of seats for those who like to see how they go, which will be a first come first served basis ahead of each talk.
Your ticket entitles you to sample whichever gins you’d like to try (responsibly) from any of the stands - at no further cost. While all samples are made available either neat or with a splash of tonic, we, along with the distillers behind the stands reserve the right to refuse service if we consider it inappropriate to do so, in accordance with responsible drinking guidelines.
Your ticket gives you access to the Newcomers Room (you can sample away at no further cost in there too) but the experiential zones are lead by the brands, some of whom may require a separate booking to participate (which will be clearly advertised ahead of the show).
There is no cloak room.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
You must be over the age of 18 to enter Junipalooza. Tobacco Dock security operates a challenge 25 policy on the door and will need to see either a drivers licence or passport if ID is requested.
We do allow adults who have bought tickets to bring their children (under the age of 5) along, as long as there are two adults per child. As it is a gin show, please be aware there will be nothing to cater to children. It is all about gin. Please also be aware that we cannot accept any form of underage drinking whatsoever - even if it is the parent giving a seemingly innocent "sip, try, test" to their own child. Anyone seen doing this will be asked to leave immediately.
We understand this can happen and in principal this is fine - we will issue a refund. However, please note that we only accept and process refunds submitted 30 days before the event start date. After this point, all tickets are non refundable regardless of the reason.
Please note that although the sessions close at 15.00 & 20.00 on the Saturday, and at 16.00 on the Sunday, samples from producers and the sale of cocktails will stop 15 minutes prior to the end of each session. This is to allow for enough time to finish your drinks comfortably, and to give enough time for those looking to buy any bottles off the producers or the Kiosk to do so, before we have to ask everyone to make their way home.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Tobacco Dock is located at the junction of Wapping Lane and Pennington Street, E1.
The nearest Overground station is Wapping - no more than 5 minute walk from the venue.
We strongly recommend not driving to the venue, as it is a drinks festival, there is however a Pay and Display carpark opposite.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Curious minds and water are always welcome! We strongly encourage responsible drinking so there will be plenty of freely available water at each stand. If you would like to bring your own bottle, that's also fine.
Eating is strongly advised! Tobacco Dock offer some catering options that will be open throughout the event, but we'd also advise you to eat a hearty meal before going. Please note that unfortunately, Tobacco Dock do not allow guests to bring in food to the event.
We do not allow anyone to bring in their own gin / alcohol.
We do not allow people to bring their own tonics (there are loads of different brands at the show, there is no need!)
We do not allow anyone to bring their own glassware.
We will not have a cloak room and will not be able to store bags or coats.